Richard Mille 58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Limited Edition Watch

Richard Mille 58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Limited Edition Watch

Richard Mille 58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Limited Edition Watch

Not one to let SIHH's spotlight simply pass them by, Richard Mille announced a limited edition model called the RM 58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Jean Todt Limited Edition. That rather long name suggests a lot about the watch but may leave some people asking - who is Jean Todt? Jean Todt is the current President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and has been a notable figure in international professional motorsport for many years. Mr. Todt does a lot of traveling throughout the year so Richard Mille thought it would be nice to design him a watch that could simplify the timezone issue as much as possible.

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Richard Mille 58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Limited Edition Watch

The RM 58-01 is just that watch. Featuring a new tourbillon-equipped caliber, the 58-01 features a rotatable unidirectional bezel that is connected to the movement so the user just simply rotates the bezel until the city of their current timezone is listed at 12 o'clock. The watch handles both the setting of the hands and the alignment of an additional chapter marking will help to display the time in all other timezones, actively referenced against your locally defined city. All without removing the watch from your wrist. In addition to this simple (to use) and innovative world time complication, the RM 58-01 has hours and minutes (no seconds) as well as a power reserve indicator and a 3Hz tourbillon at nine o'clock. The hand wound RM58-01 caliber features a titanium base plate and bridge construction, dual barrels allowing for a ten day power reserve (massive for a tourbillon equipped watch), and a total of 26 jewels, many of which are viewable via its semi-skeletonized design.

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I think that the mixed metals and finishes work really well for this design. The gold tone of the case compliments the brown coloring of the world time bezel while the warm titanium of the bezel matches the movement design and suggests that the two are linked for a greater purpose. For most of us, a Richard Mille, especially a limited edition Richard Mille, is more of a marvel than a real physical product. Their prices are just as extreme as their watches look and the technology behind their designs have been proven in some of the most demanding of applications. Though I cannot speak from personal experience, I have to imagine that having any RM on your wrist makes for a pretty good day. You can balk at the price, the considerable case dimensions, or the extreme complexity found in their designs, but you have to admit that Richard Mille is one of the wild ones and seldom fails at raising the collective heart rate of all watchnerds as they announce new timepieces. A Richard Mille isn't about practically, accessibility or value, it's about technology, innovation and design and no one balances those elements more successfully than Richard Mille.

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The case shape will be familiar to RM fans and has been fashioned from a mix of beautifully finished titanium and red gold. Measuring a massive 50 mm by 15.35 mm, Mr. Todt had better have a huge wrist to give the 58-01 a proper home. With anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back, owners will have a clear view of the beautiful movement, remaining power reserve, and the mesmerizing motion of the tourbillon.

back view

Richard Mille is producing just 35 examples of the RM 58-01 and they will carry a stratospheric price tag of $620,000 USD. Impressively, the profits made by the sale of the 58-01 will be split between two of Jean Todt's preferred charities, the Global Campaign for Road Safety and the ICM Brain and Spine Institute. True world timers are an interesting complication because, unlike a GMT hand, they offer a display of the time in ALL timezones at once and it seems that Richard Mille has provided that functionality but simplified the configuration as much as possible and without the use of a crown or pusher. We like the charitable angle and the innovative way in which the world time complication can be easily configured on the fly. Does this watch need a tourbillon? Nope. Would it be less of a Limited Edition Richard Mille without it? Yes.

  • Ulysses31

    Hmm.  Nicely integrated strap, gorgeous modern looking case back and movement (even though you can’t really see much of it).  Weird front but kudos for trying to do something different.  Why don’t the screws line up properly with the cut-outs on the grey bezel element?  The dial is a building site as usual, bits of rebar and scaffolding lying around.  Overall interesting and well-made with the usual infuriating RM touches.  It’s like they want to sell you high-end watches but always with a catch to annoy you.  Even if they produced a flawlessly beautiful watch they’d feed it to an elephant first and you’d have to fish it out of the crap yourself.  THANKS,  OBAMA.

    • DangerussArt

      Ulysses31 LOL your comments are often better than the article.

    • bichondaddy

      Ulysses31 Funny and very entertaining comment…as usual!!  Now…about that Elephant Wrist comment…I resent that ’cause I resemble that remark!!  LOL  All in good fun!!!  I would be able to wear it easily….with a 23cm wrist…50mm watches look rather normal on me!!  But not everyone is 6’6″…!

    • MarkCarson

      Ulysses31 I think the bezel cut-outs are so that the case can be assembled but after that the bezel rotates and is only coincidental in the photos that the cut-outs are almost aligned. But I could be wrong :-)
      Agree with your other comments – why do RM pieces always have to look like ‘rebar and scaffolding’ (great analogy)?

  • Zbladejr

    Very ugly.  Very expensive.  In that combination it is also very unique.  Can even Mr. Todt afford one?  I do agree the case back (that no one sees) is nice.  Another creation for 35 people that live in a world their own.

  • Dan Baxter

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a RM watch that didn’t look like a complete mess.  His faces are nearly always completely unreadable.  That, combined with the ridiculous (for most) size, makes this a failure as a timepiece.

  • CG

    FIA should have been dumped years ago they made racing uncompetitive overly regulated socialist Franco centric administrative gov’t like agency. This “donation” to charity on the back end looks like a tax write off that would be the only reason for such a high price tag. The watch is a disaster. I get tired of these guys being so generous each other for obvious PR.

    • MarkCarson

      CG I would not be surprised if Mr. Todt gets a ‘free’ watch and then to make both he and RM seem like they really care about the ‘little people’ they donate half of the fortune that these ugly watches cost to charity. Better than working a couple of days a week in a soup kitchen!

      • CG

        MarkCarson CG  well for me it is tiresome to see these “charity” associations these companies make, yes if they would just give the cash directly to the charity without subsidizing the cost thru consumers I would value their humanistic expression as real not PR based HEY look at me I’m giving to charity if you buy my watch! Shameless.

  • Kris C

    Certainly an RM that is somewhat detached from what we would normally expect from the brand, being the elongated case with what appears to be a handful of parts haphazardly tossed in that apparantls the time and maybe some other stuff too. This one borrows design elements from the round diver line, but it looks a little unfinished. Couldn’t the bezel have some kind of cover? The asymetrical notching is rather unsightly for a watch that cost more than my shop. No hand attached to the tourbillon carriage, but I would argue it makes for a seconds display just the same (assuming it is a 60-second tourbillon). A view of the movement is described, but all I see is a single, large undecorated plate in brutalist fashion.
    I’ve certainly seen uglier watches from RM, but I still shake my head at their pricing. I have no doubt they’ll all sell, so of course they aren’t too expensive, I guess I’m just a poor loser that likes to see a value proposition. How absurd.

  • Ryan B

    I sense a hint of steampunk in this watch

  • Evosam

    This one is a double thumbs down for me. I’ve never really warmed to RM watches in the round case to begin with and this particular piece, the execution of the WT is just plain poor. Dial is way way to busy…. in my eyes this is FAIL.

  • Livefyre

    This one is a double thumbs down for me. I’ve never really warmed to RM watches in the round case to begin with and this particular piece, the execution of the WT is just plain poor. Dial is way way to busy…. in my eyes this is FAIL.